Spike Laurie is a 6+ year esports veteran with experience building production and business infrastructure across three continents and driving large, multi million dollar revenue pipelines. During Spike’s time in esports he has worked at ESL building the UK and Latin American business, before moving to Los Angeles and leading their Publisher and Developer Relations team. Prior to ESL, Spike worked at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, where he led the global esports strategy for Mortal Kombat X. Spike is currently Esports Venture Director at Hiro Capital.
Spike has advised and worked with some of the largest esports companies in the world on building, structuring and monetising their competitive games and esport ecosystems. This talk will dive into what developers should focus on to deliver compelling, competitive, fun and fair experiences for consumers that can go on to become successful esports. Through analysing the current landscape of titles we will explore key features and tools that are integral to your competitive games success. Finally, we will look at the costs and business models of running a competitive ecosystem, and tools you can integrate as a developer to drive funding for prize pools and leagues.
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Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
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